A large portion of Our Last Night’s discography is dedicated to covering pop songs. And for good reason: They’re damn good at it. Their latest cover video is of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.” Check out the heavy spin OLN put on this chillin’ beat, and let us know what you think! ‘Cuz our name’s Blurryface…
Vocalist JT Tollas of Famous Last Words talks Twilight Zone, their new 1950’s era concept record, and why he never actually thought about what his own last words would be until now.
When your guitarist’s sound shuts off mid-set, you improvise the guitar solo with doo-doo-doo’s in your vocals. When the crowd isn’t moving fast enough, you jump down into the circle pit and get shit moving. At least, that’s how Thy Art Is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon runs the show. And of course, nothing says “brutal” more than a banana yellow guitar and a popsicle shirt, right Andy? Check out some metal photos of Thy Art Is Murder from the Holmdel, New Jersey date of Mayhem Fest 2015 below!
All photos by Taylor Markarian.
The sixth studio album from Senses Fail, Pull The Thorn From Your Heart, delves into emotions normally reserved for a therapist’s office or angsty teen novels. But with a winning combination of screaming vocals, powerful guitar riffs, and soothing melodies, this album doesn’t feel so heavy. Instead, it leaves wisdom and a strange sense of calm in its wake.
The opening song, “The Three Marks of Existence”, sets up an expected Senses Fail album–all aggressive guitar riffs and angry shouting. But something sticks out like a lost red mitten in a patch of snow. The lyrics cut deeper than they ever have. Buddy scream-sings, “It takes compassion to confront your pain/ It takes strength to be vulnerable enough to float on the rivers of shame.” Out of context, the lyrics could be mistaken for a quote from a self help book.
These meaningful, frank lyrics, coupled with soft melodies and subtle guitar changes give an entirely comforting feeling. The juxtaposition works in the band’s favor and continues through the album. They pair hard and fast traditional hardcore songs with slower, more Taking Back Sunday-inspired tunes, which gives the record a distinctive flow. Just as it amps you up with heavy, smashing cymbals, rocky rapids give way to slow calm. It takes a breath and brings you back down, asking you to give your feelings room. On the track “Surrender”, for example, Senses Fail combine building guitars and steady bass with lyrics about finally surrendering to your heart.
The songs all touch on the difficulties of being alive. The love, loss, pain, and work that go into existing all come tumbling out like towels from an over stuffed dryer. The track “Wounds” has a few lines that almost hurt to listen to: “There are moments of extreme joy, there are moments of love, there are moments of madness/ And this is life; we cannot change what arises, only how we greet it.” Listening, you realize these are words that needed to be sung.
It is so easy to get lost, let go, and breathe the music into you with these 11 tracks. The masterful combination of raw guitars, subtle drum beats, and heart-wrenching lyrics makes this one of the best albums of the summer.
by Maria Spiridigliozzi
Senses Fail‘s new album, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, is out now via Pure Noise Records and is streaming in full on their YouTube channel. Accompanying the songs is additional commentary from frontman Buddy Nielson after each track. The new record follows the more straightforward hardcore sound that was begun with Senses Fail’s last album, Renacer, along with some more positive lyricism.
Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is available for purchase on iTunes. Check out the stream below and tell us your thoughts! We’ll let you know what we think soon enough…
The Devil Wears Prada have returned to Rise Records to release their upcoming EP, Space. The Space EP will be available August 21st and the preorder is available now. On the record is the new single “Supernova,” which you can stream below and which follows their last standalone single, “South Of The City.”
Where do you think the band’s sound is headed? How do you think it will compared to their famed Zombie EP? Let us know, and catch them on Warped this summer!
Like Moths To Flames, The Plot In You, Myka Relocate, and Yüth Forever will embark on The Dream Is Dead Tour on July 18th. The tour with the pessimistic name will run through August 2nd, and will take the bands on the bill from North Carolina to California. If you’re not living it up at Warped Tour when they come to your area, see if you can catch these bands while they’re on the road.
Check out Myka Relocate’s music video for “Something To Dream About” below.
It’s been three years since San Diego natives Pierce The Veil released their monumental album, Collide With The Sky. Fans have been waiting eagerly for the post-hardcore band’s fourth album to drop ever since–an album that was supposed to be ready to go come spring 2015. After months of pushing back deadlines, PTV have released their first new single, “The Divine Zero,” via Fearless Records.
After a successful last album, finding ways to make exciting new material can be difficult. (Perhaps this is why fans have been kept waiting.) That in mind, “The Divine Zero” does have a lot in common with the sound of the band’s previous record. What elevates the track, however, are the dark and exhilarating bridges; the first at the 2-minute mark and the second that fades into the outro. It’s the trademark pop-infused post-hardcore we’re used to with a slightly more menacing flare.
Metalcore titans Blessthefall have just announced the title and the date of release for their fifth full-length record. The album, To Those Left Behind, will be available via Fearless Records on September 18th. The band will also be playing the Vans Warped Tour main stage this summer, as they ride the success of their last album, Hollow Bodies, which came in at No. 1 on the Hard Rock Charts and No. 15 on Billboard’s Top 200.
No new singles have been released as of yet, but while you count down the seconds, remind yourself of what chart-topping Blessthefall sounds like with the title track of their last record.
North Carolina natives Between The Buried And Me have released the second single from their upcoming album Coma Ecliptic. The song, entitled “Famine Wolves” is exemplary of BTBAM’s iconic and unique sound. It is nearly seven minutes of the band’s signature shredding, vicious vocals, and off-kilter beats that keep your mind and ears on their toes.
Tommy Rogers’s vocal ability is showcased in this track amongst moments of intense eeriness and theatrics, most notably around the 4 minute mark. The last minute of the song features the choice guitar stylings that fans of BTBAM have come to expect and treasure. With each new song from the band we anticipate having our faces melted off, and this progressive metal opera does not disappoint.
Coma Ecliptic will be released on July 7th through Metal Blade Records. The band will also be promoting their new album on tour with Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist. Check out the dates below to see when the Coma Ecliptic Tour is coming to your town and stream “Famine Wolves” by heading over to Metal Injection.
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X’s
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
by Kelly Fay